Saint-Etienne's Steed Malbranque denies retirement claims

The experienced midfielder has not quit football to look after his sick 'son', despite what had been reported in his homeland over the weekend
The representatives of Saint-Etienne midfielder Steed Malbranque have quashed stories suggesting the player has retired from football.

French sources claimed at the weekend that the 31-year-old had put an end to his career in order to care for his cancer-stricken son.

Malbranque's representatives have now refuted such claims, stating that the player has not retired and does not have a sick family member.

"Steed has read with concern the recent stories currently circulating about him and his family," reads the statement issued by London-based solicitors Thomas Cooper.

"He would like to reassure all of his friends in England and throughout world football that these stories are wholly without foundation.

"Steed does not have a son and his immediate family are all in good health. He does not know the origin of these stories but would like to stress that they are without merit."

Malbranque returned to France in the summer after spending a decade in the Premier League with Fulham, Tottenham and Sunderland.